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Golden Hour

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Cartier Guilloche Gold Amulette

Necklace: Amulette de Cartier “Guilloche Gold” –Dress: Elie Saab

A cold and cloudy morning in early April suddenly turned the usually greyish Seine into a golden shimmer as the sun finally peeked out, which made getting up at 4:30am in the morning for hair & make-up totally worth it. Hopefully you can’t tell but as we left this location my whole body had turned blue/purple and I was shaking like a little leaf but what don’t you do for that gorgeous morning light. Luckily I was surrounded by the best people who make mornings like these the very best ones, filled with laughter and joking around. There’s nothing I think could go better with the new Cartier Amulette in Guilloche Gold than the Parisian morning light, which just happens to be one of my favourite moments during the day. I’m becoming slightly obsessed with this piece of jewellery and finding myself wanting one in every colour… That seems reasonable, no?

Photography: Hana Le Van – Still-life photos & Editing: Carin Olsson – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel

On Instagram

On Instagram

I have absolutely no idea where the month of April went, or even March now that I think of it. I mean obviously April isn’t over yet but in my head I think we’re still in February for some reason… But nope, May is around the corner and before you know it summer will be here again. To use a very cheesy expression: time flies! Spring seems to have been a bit slow this season but at least I got to see a few signs of one of my favourite seasons before leaving for New York for a couple of days. May looks like a quite intense month so a few days of strolling, eating, more eating and strolling in The Big Apple together with my sister I hope will do me good. I can’t wait to show you photos from another favourite city of mine!

Chanel Moment

Chanel Showroom

So I guess you will always have those moment you’re not very likely to forget during your lifetime. I think I’ve had a couple of those already but another one that is definitely going into my mental memory bank is being invited to the Chanel showroom to have a little look at the collection up close and personal. For anyone who watched my Snapchat that day, you know I went a little bit crazy since it was such a beautiful set up but for those of you who didn’t, I hope you can get a little feeling of what it was like through these photos. So many details everywhere, so many accessories, little bracelets, coats, boots and sparkly things wherever you looked. Memory saved!

Mother of Pearl

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Cartier Mother of Pearl Amulette

Necklace: Amulette de Cartier “Mother of Pearl”

After creatively working as a photographer together with a few different companies and brands during the last couple of years I’ve learnt that I always want to cherish and come back to the ones who treat me right, the ones I feel inspired by and the ones who’s products I truly, truly love and believe in. I can not believe that it’s already been a whole year since I first photographed for Cartier and my favourite necklace Amulette de Cartier“, but it has. I guess a cheesy quote like “times flies” would be quite suitable here. And if that was a real “pinch me moment” then, I can’t even begin to explain how honoured I felt when Cartier asked me to create new imagery, showing the way I see a few other versions of the Amulette this year.

The Amulette de Cartier in mother of pearl has always been a favourite of mine and I hope you like the photographs that we created of this beautiful jewellery piece. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a soft spot for anything white, bright and dreamy so let’s just say that this was the inspiration for the imagery this time.

Photographs of me: Hana Le Van – Still-life photographs & Editing: Carin Olsson – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel – Location: Thank you to Frank Adrian this apartment dream

Stockholm Visit

Stockholm over Easter

Stockholm over Easter

Stockholm over Easter

Stockholm over Easter

After not being back in Stockholm since October I decided to fly home over Easter to see my family and to surprise my mom. I’ve never flown home  without telling her before so the nerves while getting on the plane and while pulling up in a taxi outside my childhood home (well, at least where I spent my teenage years) were on top to say the least. I got to spend a few days together with the people who mean the most to me, forget about an overfull inbox and urgent deadlines for a little while and just relax, stroll, run errands that I’m not able to do here in Paris and enjoy my family’s company. The cherry on top was the fact that the weather was better than I ever could have asked for!

A few of my favourite places this time were: Kaffeverket (café), Café Pascal (café), Fabrique (café and the best cardamom buns), Greasy Spoon (brunch), Urban Deli (lunch, dinner & grocery shop), Cajsa Warg (grocery shop), NK (department store). If you want more tips and suggestions you’re more than welcome to check out my two previous posts about this city I call home as well: My Stockholm & Stockholm Favourites.

Little Snapshot

Paris

While working on a very exciting shoot for Lanvin the other day I snapped this little photo while waiting for hair & make-up to get done at our second location. We had such a fun day together and I can’t wait to show you the photos from the shoot!

Fashion Week in Paris

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Excuse me for not publishing anything from Paris Fashion Week a bit sooner but I’m pretty sure that my brain went into a light coma as soon as it was over. Nights ending at 3pm and days starting at 6am is apparently not the best combination if you want to avoid looking (and acting) like a zombie. These days are always so intense, seem to go by in the blink of an eye and always leave me absolutely exhausted but the amount of fun I get to have and the adrenaline you feel I think make up for it all.

Above you see a few snapshots from Dior‘s show, which I photographed yet another season for the brand, as well as a few photos from the Roger Vivier presentation, wearing my favourite Akris jacket, Christian Louboutin prettiness and breakfast with two of the loveliest people in town.

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

The first couple of days of fashion week were for me filled with photography assignments and especially for L’Oréal. We worked together on a couple of shows, capturing the atmosphere backstage and on the runway. You can catch a glimpse of the Anthony Vaccarello runway above, which had an evening view overlooking the Eiffel Tower while the models were strutting down the runway in (quite revealing) pieces of leather, studs and sequins.

The Cartier presentation I’m pretty sure was a moment I might have dreamt… They rented out an entire hotel and set up a different scenarios in each of the rooms – one including pretty handsome men playing poker and a bathtub filled with Cartier champagne as well as another filled with cakes, the Cartier amulettes in all different colours and shapes and the cutest little bags. I hope that someone caught this afternoon on Snapchat since I don’t think pictures are enough in this case!

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week (Cedric Charlier)

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

The Paule Ka presentation took place at Palais de Tokyo and took us around the venue seeing how garments are put together and displayed. It’s a little bit funny to attend their presentation here in Paris since my “prom dress” back in Sweden when I graduated 9th grade (the Swedish “prom” can’t really be compared to the American one I’ve seen in movies so therefore the air quotes) was by Paule Ka, bought together with my mom and sister in Galeries Lafayette during a little weekend-trip to Paris.

The set draped in white curtains belonged to Lanvin and was one of my favourite sets of the whole fashion week I think – but that could also be because I have a weak spot for anything white and dreamy… Don’t judge! I was lucky enough to be dressed by the brand for the show and felt like a million bucks in my black dress together with the prettiest accessories, which I later put to very good use while eating burgers in bed together with my friend Nicole (these contrasts are my favourite moments).

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Okay okay, I might have spoken too quickly because the set at Carven was pretty spectacular as well. They dressed the tent in Jardin des Tuileries in marble, white and pink, which again is a combination that makes my knees tremble just a tiny bit. And so did the coats that walked the runway that day… I got to watch the talented Regina sketch the backstage madness for L’Oréal and she even managed to capture me in the most beautiful way whiteout me noticing until I saw the finished sketch.

Unfortunately the weather took a horrible turn for the Louis Vuitton show and made me look as though I’ve just gotten out of the shower when I walked into the venue that took my breath away. Okay, this might be another favourite venue during Paris fashion Week… I might have had a few favourites and not just one as you can clearly tell. The broken glass pillars made me see the collection reflected in a thousand different ways when Nicolas Ghesquière‘s incredible creations walked down the runway and past Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Anna Wintour (also known as my seat mates after having a last minute seat change).

All Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin
Bag, lipstick and nail polish: Christian Louboutin

The pretties pink shade mixed with spikes and the classic red colour is not what I would think of myself when putting together a bag but perhaps that’s why Christian Louboutin has his own fashion empire and I don’t? Yeah, I would say so. Because even though you don’t think this would work together it totally does. I fell in love with this beautiful Paloma bag as soon as I saw it and have to say that it’s kind of the perfect mix, no? Delicate and soft while still having an edge to it.

Freezing Cold

Black & white Paris

Black & white Paris

Black & white Paris

Black & white Paris

Black & white Paris

Black & white Paris

Black & white Paris

The day I took these photos it was so cold I could barely feel my finger pressing the shutter button on the camera… It’s hard to imagine that in a couple of months (weeks hopefully…) the border of the Seine will be filled with people enjoying picnics and wine until the sun has gone down completely and the Parisian terraces full of people enjoying the warm sun rays together with their loved ones. Those days are my favourite. And I can’t wait to experience yet another spring and summer in this city.